starting xfce4 reboots machine

Warren Block wblock at
Mon May 28 15:04:37 UTC 2012

On Sun, 27 May 2012, Waitman Gobble wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been running FreeBSD 10.0-CURRENT for some months, last time i rebuilt
> the system was April 20th. I've rebooted my machine many times and started
> X and Xfce4 without any trouble, however today I'm out of town on the road
> and when I startx my machine reboots. If I log in as root and startx i can
> run xorg without xfce4. but if i try startxfce4 the machine reboots. If I
> try to startx without xfce4 from my non-root account it locks up.
> It's pretty quick and nothing I can see in the logs...
> Anyone have any ideas about troubleshooting??? It seems like it's out of
> the blue with no changes to the system that I recall. :)

First, make sure you have cairo-1.10 instead of 1.12.  After that, run 
pkg_libchk from sysutils/bsdadminscripts.  Rebuild anything that says it 
is missing libxfce4-utils.

After that, well, I still see some unsteadiness from xfce-4.10. 
There's a long delay on start, like a DNS timeout (but I have working 
DNS).  Switching to console works, switching back usually does not, 
rebooting the machine.  Leaving X and starting again reboots the 
machine.  These last two could be due to the recent X upgrade, except 
I'm pretty sure they did not happen until xfce-4.10.

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